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    So I've got the inevitable broken spring and have got the strut off the car, spring is safely under the control of the compressors and I'm trying to get the top nut off.

    I'm using the spark plug socket method with the allen key through the middle but the nut just will not move. So far I've broken a 1/4" extension bar, bent a spanner into a banana shape and twisted a 1/4" allen key into a spiral trying to hold the piston.

    Has anyone else had anything like this? Any ideas???

    Thanks in advance.

    Will

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    Just done my strut top bearing on saturday, that nut was a pain in the ass, though some wd40, metal grips, and strong socket set, a whack of the hammer and it was free

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    I undone mine on the car before removing the strut not all the way just cracked it off so it was easier to undo when i removed them from the car,hth........

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    As glenboy said I used a 36inch breaker bar tocrack it off on the car

    Try putting the 3struttop bolts in on the car and try cracking it off

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    better to be loaded ie on the car and down on the deck if DIYing it..pop along to any garage they will crack it off with a buzz gun for you you say your using 1/4' stuff far to small and not capable 3/8 or 1/2'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dose View Post
    better to be loaded ie on the car and down on the deck if DIYing it..pop along to any garage they will crack it off with a buzz gun for you you say your using 1/4' stuff far to small and not capable 3/8 or 1/2'
    Cheers - the 1/4" bar was just to go through the socket and hold the torx bit. I've given it a good soak with WD40 and will have another go tomorrow.

    R.I.P. 1/4" bar...

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    22mm socket with a bar welded to the side of it and a t50 torx bit through the middle of the socket to stop the shaft from turning. Thats how i done mine, a pain in the arse but it works.

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    I had this trouble on the Mrs' clio... If you cant get it off with muscles, the top allen key mount will start to round. I had a set of strange allen keys with a ball on the end? Anyway, a hammer helped get them in and they gripped fine when my Torx would not.. so that may help if you get stuck there.

    Unfortunately the only way I could get mine off was with a cutter lol. But.. even with the mount cut so I could pull it off i couldnt get the nut undone (for the bearings) no matter how much leverage and WD40 (or heat!) I used...

    Got in a rage and smacked the allen key with a Hammer.. and it just cracked off easy peasy! So probably best to shock it off.. but not an easy job when its on the car!!!

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    I put the allen key in to a table vice and un-did it that way

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    Easiest way by far, a set of vortex sockets

    You'll find loads of uses for them after you've used them

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